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16th June 1941

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) fighters carried out sweeps over French coast, and escorted bombers which attacked Boulogne. Ten enemy fighters and one seaplane shot down. Two British bombers and four fighters lost. Night raids on Cologne, Duesseldorf and Duisburg. Fleet Air Arm attacked Dunkirk.

In Africa, Cairo announced surrender of Italian general and 2,000 troops in Soddu area, Abyssinia. Patriot troops engaging enemy in jimma area. Heavy bombers made night raids on Benghazi, Derna, Gazala and Bardéa.

Near East, Announced that Allied forces had captured Kiswe, south of Damascus. Heavy fighting reported in central sector. Vichy counteroffensive recaptured Ezra (in jebel Druze) and Merj Ayoun. Vichy destroyer sunk during air and naval engagement off Sidon.

Small-scale Luftwaffe activity at night over Britain. Four Luftwaffe raiders destroyed,

President Roosevelt of United States ordered all German consulates to be closed and staff removed by 10 July 1941.

M37 Minesweeper
Commissioned 16 June 1941

M254 Minesweeper
Commissioned 16 June 1941

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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